SBA offers webinars to help with 8(a) program

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176429491The U.S. Small Business Administration will present a free two-part webinar covering the SBA’s 8(a) business development program.

The SBA’s 8(a) program was created to help small businesses considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged grow their business through counseling, training, workshops, management advice and technical guidance. The nine-year-old program also provides these businesses with access to government contracting opportunities.

During Fiscal Year 2012, small businesses received more than $15.8 billion in 8(a) contract dollars.

Registration for the webinars is required.

The series begins Jan. 15 at noon and the second webinar will begin at noon on Jan. 22.

The hour-long webinars will cover eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification, technical assistance through the 8(a) program, misconceptions about the program, and top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined.

The first webinar will focus on how the 8(a) program works, eligibility requirements, technical assistance available to small disadvantaged businesses and common myths about the program.

To register for the Jan. 15 webinar, click below:

The Jan. 22 webinar will cover basic “must have” requirements and the top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned.

To register for the Jan. 22 webinar, click below: